Hobart to Cox’s Bight (Point Eric) Via Melaleuca
We begin our adventure today as we head to Cambridge Airport. We jump on board our scenic flight to Melaleuca in the south western corner of Tasmania. You will have time to explore the coastline before heading on to Point Eric. Upon arrival, we'll set up camp and unwind with a fun game of beach cricket, or swim. Enjoy a casual stroll along the beach before we settle down for dinner.
Walking Time 3-4 hours
Cox’s Bight (Point Eric) to Louisa Creek
This morning we get up early and walk along the beach.Tides dictate this morning’s timing as we skirt around a rocky headland before climbing up onto Sedge and Melaleuca clad plains that draw us inland. We'll stop for lunch and embark on a short but steep clime before decending over Red Point Hills. This afternoon we head toward Louisa Creek where we'll spend our next night beneath a shelter of towering trees.
Walking Distance 11km Walking Time 5-7 hours
Louisa Creek (Louisa Bay) to Louisa River
The highlight of our trip today is the Louisa River which flows close by the base of the impressive Ironbound Range. If timing and conditions are favorable we can enjoy a side trip to the stunning Louisa Bay. At the bay, we'll have plenty of time to explore, swim and enjoy morning tea before continuing our journey. Tonight we camp amongst ancient eucalyptus trees that line the Louisa River. Take a dip in the river this afternoon.
Walking Distance 6km Walking Time 2 hours
Louisa River to Little Deadman’s Beach via the Ironbounds
Today we reach the mighty Iron bounds! The highest point is almost 1000 meters above where we start and finish today. We must rise early today as we prepare for a challenging climb up the exposed western slopes, over open ground and vegetation stunted by the prevailing westerlies. You'll be rewarded by spectacular views over the Eastern and Western Arthur Ranges including Federation Peak, through to Mount Anne and all the way to formidable South West Cape and Maatsuyker Island. The broad top of the Ironbound Range commonly receives the harshest conditions known in Tassie and snowfalls, gale force winds and pelting sleet are never unexpected. We make camp at Little Deadman’s Bay.
Walking Distance 13km Walking Time 7-10 hours
Rest day at Little Deadman’s Bay
For today, you will be pleased to know we'll be having a well deserved rest. Enjoy a open fire as we settle for a break at the only place along the track that permits fires. Today your guide will restock on food as you relax and enjoy the warmth from the flickering flames. This is a great time to recover from the last few days of hiking and take the time to enjoy the beauty of the South Coast.
Little Deadman’s Bay to Osmiridium Beach
After feeling refreshed, we look forward to tackling some of the track’s best mud holes, a challenging rowboat lagoon crossing and walking along the coast’s longest beach. We trek over broad sand dunes, wade across watercourses and climb over headlands letting no obstacles stand in our way! Tonight we have a few campsite choices to choose from, our stay will be decided based on the availability of fresh water, the fitness of the group members and their own personal favorite spots where they may know special sights and hidden points of interest.
Walking Distance 11km
Walking Time 4-5 hours
Osmiridium Beach to Granite Beach
This is a favorite day for many people as we wander through wet sclerophyll forest from beach to beach. Today’s short distance means a leisurely lunch with time to enjoy the beach, swim in the ocean, search for Devonian Fossils, or just sit back and relax. A favorite lunch spot is Surprise Beach, which is just a short distance to our afternoons destination Granite Beach. Keep an eye out for the incredible fluted dolerite columns of South Cape, as we make our way to the campsite.
Walking Distance 10km Walking Time 4-5 hours
Granite Beach to South Cape Rivulet
Today we rise early again and head to the South Cape Range to our final night’s camp at South Cape Rivulet. We begin with a lengthy climb through the moist forest to the day’s high point about 500m above sea level. Witness the spectacular views of Pindar’s Peak, Mount LaPerouse and Mount Lilateah. Our high point is just one of 7 hills that we climb and descend before stepping into the sand of South Cape Rivulet and on to our campsite. The beach at our camp is one of the best along the South Coast for a swim and not many people pass through without enjoying one. Walking Distance 8Km
Walking Time 6-8 hours
South Cape Rivulet to Cockle Creek
Today is not challenging, which is a good way to end our journey. We start with a morning stroll along very picturesque beaches and then head up over the headland. morning has us strolling along a couple of picturesque beaches and then up over a headland. At the cliff summit you will enjoy a good rest and view the rolling waves below. This 9 day trek concludes at Cockle Creek where you will be transferred back to Hobart. Once back in Hobart, choose to go your own way, or join the group for a final dinner to say your goodbyes and reflect on the trip (own expense).
Walking Distance 11km Walking Time 3-4 hours